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gabrielle giffords returned to capitol hill today with her emotional plea to end gun violence. hundreds of motorcycles stopped traffic today so a biker can pop the question right in the middle of a highway. but we begin with a weather alert. a wicked line of storms with a dangerous history is moving into our area. good afternoon i'm pat lawsing muse. >> and i'm jim handly. the storms have already proved deadly and destructiv take a look at this video of massive damage. >> this is part of a storm system that spawned nearly 500 severe weather reports over the past 24 hours, including 14 possible tornadoes. right now, the same sim is headed our way. storm team 4 has been tracking it for days, our team coverage begins with meteorologist veronica johnson. what's the time line? >> the next six to seven more hours. we have quite a ways to go. you can see on radar, there's
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the storms down south, part of the same weather system headed even. we're on the leading edge of some of those heavy rains and the high winds too. you can see around columbia, gaithersburg, through montgomery county, even leesburg, blue mount areas. and even some gusty conditions, too. headed towards gaithersburg, in the next 20 minutes, so all against eastbound for us, from in and out until 11:00 p.m. we have the possibility of seeing not only heavy rain, but also very high winds throughout the area. those heavy rains could be delivers ponding on area roads. we could get quite a bit of rain in a short period of time. let's go to chief meteorologist doug kammerer standing by with more on our potential for flooding and wind damage. >> yeah, veronica, the national weather service just issued the wind advisories for the entire area. earlier today it was out towards portions of the blue ridge, but
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today it's for the entire area with winds gusting upwards of 50 miles an hour. these are non-thunderstorm wind gusts. with winds gusting to 50 miles an hour, you know we could see higher gusts if any of those storms begin to develop. also out there we have the flood watch in effect, but take a look at the wind gusts, upyards of 35 miles an hour p and over towards washington, a wind -- these winds will continue to increase as we move through the evening. there's the flash flood whauch in effect. it is for the d.c. metro area, in portions of the mountains we could see upwards of an inch to an inch and a half. very, very quickly, and that's why we're talking about that potential for flooding overnight. if you're out and about tonight, you watch out for the high water if you're around town. temperatures tonight 67 degrees, 65 by 8:00, taking you hour by hour, between 9:00 and 10:00, that's when we expect the heaviest of these storms to move on through, heavy rain and tron winds, once again the winds
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could be gusting between 50 and 60 miles an hour. we're going to talk much more about this threat as we continue throughout the rest of the evening. storm team 4 will keep you ahead of the storm. doug, thank you, an emergenciry meeting in anne arundel county in an effort to permanently oust of county executive. john leopold convicted yesterday of misconduct for using county employees to run political and personal errands. he was suspended from office after that conviction. this meeting is introducing a bill calling for his removal. the council will then hold a public meeting and vote on monday. the judge is expected to anow the sentencing date tomorrow. the shake-up at the trial of a former culpepper police officer waiting to be sentenced today. the defense has requested a mistrial after reports of juror misconduct. jurors testified today they had access to two dictionaries and this thesaurus and used them during deliberation. daniel harmon wright was
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convicted of voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of patricia cook. david culver will explain at 5:00 the allegations. her former colleagues greeted her like a rock start today. retired arizona congresswoman gabby giffords was a surprise witness at the senate hearing, but the senators were quickly reminded that she is just one of a long line of victims of gun violence. danielle lee has our report. >> reporter: senators had a fresh reminder about the consequences, a chicago honors student and performer last week was killed yesterday at a park. >> a gunman came in and shot her dead. just a matter of days after the happiest day of her life she's gone. >> reporter: as the fight rages on capitol hill, another shooting at an office in phoenix left several wounded. gabriel giffords, critically wounded by a gunman, pleaded for
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action be bold, be courageous, americans are counting on you. >> giffords' husband, mark kelly, argued for universal background checks to keep criminals from getting guns. >> she would not have been sitting here today if we had stronger background checks. >> today's hear on how to prevent gun violence is in respond to the shooting massacre in newtown, connecticut last month. president obama has called for tougher laws. >> law abiding gun owners will not accept blame for the acts of violent or deranged criminals, nor do we believe that government should dictate what we can lawfully own and use to protect our families. >> the national rifle association intensely opposes any new legislation, conservative republicans are backing the nra. >> i fail to see how passing additional laws that the department of justice will not enforce is going to make america any safer.
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>> it's clear common ground on gun control may be hard to find. in the washington, i'm danielle lee, nbc news. there was so much emotion during giffords' testimony, we decided to bring it to you in its entirety. we'll let you hear her full statement coming up at 4:30. here's a live picture of the beltway at route 50 in prince george's county. this is the area where a truck, a tractor-trailer and fire truck collided, shutting down the beltway during the early morning hours. right now one lane is still closed on the inner and outer loops. seven peeped were injured in that accident, which also involved an suv. four of the injured are firefighters. one suffered extremely serious arm injuries, taken to a hospital in baltimore. late this afternoon authorities revealed the fire truck was making a u-turn in an area marked emergency vehicles only. the lights were not flashing, and the siren was off. at the hit from behind by a
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tractor trail ir. fire department officials are thankful the injuries weren't more serious. >> we're very thankful, very thankful. every day we get up, come to work, our lives are in jeopardy. each day we go back home to our families, it's a blessing. >> the volunteer fire chief spoke with the most seriously injured firefighter today at the hospital, and then he talked with news4's jackie bensen. she'll have that live -- an update live on "news4 at 5." who is he? and why did he do? we're learning more about the man accused of killing a school bus driver and holding a 6-year-old hostage in an underground. the new phones that could decide whether the blackberry can decide in the land of iphones and galaxiegalaxies. can destiny's child performed at the super bowl? notice something
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right now a 6 years old is being held hostage in southeast alabama. authorities say the man went onto the school bus filled with kids. they say he shot and killed the driver, then took the boy into an underground bunker.
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sources tell nbc news tonight the suspect is a 65-year-old man, who had been due in course to face menacing charges today. there's still no word on a possible motive. there will be no new trial for former penn state assistant coach jergerry sandusky. today a judge rejected a request by his lawyers who claimed they didn't have enough time to prep for the trial. the judge says a post trial review found no material that would have changed their strategy. a jury convicted san dulles kiss of assaulting ten -- an appeal will go to the mid level superior court in the next month. taking a live look outside at this hour, as we continue to monitor stormy weather. it's been a week of huge teerature swings. dr. jackie is here to tell us how this weather could make you sick. veronica is tracking those strong storms. her full
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with. i'm keith russell, this just in. a s.w.a.t. team surrounding a home in arizona, believed to be connected to a workplace shooting earlier today. these are live pictures as we see them right now.
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from what we understand, the shooter still has not been found, but there's a lot of activity as we speak. now, here is how this store developed. police surrounded the home in phoenix this afternoon, around seven miles north of the shooting scene. officers say they are talking to someone. that's the latest development, but they stress that person is not a suspect. around 10:30 this morning, a gunman opened fire at a phoenix office building. witnesses say he got into an argue before opening fire. three people were wounded, one of them critical. police say the shooter is still on the loose. as we speak, they are looking for that shooter right now. on to our next story. we have learned that spirit will offer new flights from our area to vegas. they said today they will launch in start i lame april from bwi to vegas. there will soon be cheaper flights going that way, that gamble has paid off.
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the seesaw temperatures can really do a number on your head, especially if you suffer from asthma or sinus problems. even if you don't, drastic swings in the mercury can make you sick from head to toe. dr. jackie is here with us from the family and allergy care center in gaithersburg. good to see you. >> thank you. first up today, with this temperature swing, a lot of people notice runny noses. >> yes. >> a lot of people think allergies. >> it's not. it's vasomotor rhinitis. for lack of a better explanation, it means you're wired funny. the temperature drop -- some people have experienced this are skiers. they come from a warm upstairs, and come to the bottom, and they're sneezing and they're
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full of runny nose, and they're always wiping their nose. >> how do you treat it? >> ask your doctor for a prescription medicine caught atropine nasal sprays. all the other suprais for allergies will not work for this. we're going from warm back to cold. a lot of people might be coughing from this. why is that? >> those are people that are amongst us that have reactive airway disease. it makes them bronc ospasm or cough. we use cold as some way to diagnose asthma. we blow cold air, and if they cough, we know they have asthma. if you were coughing with the last cold spell, you may get on your maintenance medicine. here comes the cold again. a lot of people feel headaches oddly enough with the change in the pressure system. why is that? >> it's because your sinuses, which are the air pockets in your head, and they are just
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like mini globes, they will respond to the air complain the same way the air system out here is, so if there's storms out here, there's storms in your sinuses. it will cause migraines. here's something, if you know you have this, with a change, premedicate right now, but veronica is telling us the pressure is changing. get to the business of helping yourself out. >> we know it's been a bad flu season, but the nor ovirus is out there, and you say this thrives in cold weather. >> e.r.s are packed where this. there's the tummy bug. they were packed with this. all you need to do is ask the secretary of state, and she'll tell you how bad dehydration can be, so be sure to push fluids all the way. >> it doesn't take long before you're dehydrated, and you don't even know it. >> if you want to use the b.r.a.t. bananas rite,
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applesauce and toast. that helps to settle your stomach and stable -- >> nothing spicy in that. cover your heads, you might catch a cold, don't go outside, but you say your toes and feet are just as important. this is a very interesting study that somebody came up with. they put a bunch of people with socksened and a bunch of people without socks through a winter season. those who kept their toes were better able to fight off viruses. so don't worry about the hat on the head and all that sort of stuff. get socks, keep them on until this passes. >> socks on the feet, not on the head. >> and then we'll get to flip-flops. it have come. >> we are all wait fog that day. >> keep yourselves well by keeping those feet warm. >> great to see you. pat, back over to you. we have some stormy weather we're watching out for this afternoon headed our way. veronica, what's the latest?
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>> the latest means we'll get one of the things at least is a whole lot of rain, and a lot of rain in a short period of time, because of that the area, parts of our area under a flood watch through tonight, so for prince george's county, for anne arundel county, fairfax, montgomery, loudoun, up to the north, areas right along and west of i-81, again, a lieutenant of rain in a short period of time, we could be looking at rain rates of over a half inch per hour. let's talk about what is going on right now on storm team 4 radar. everywhere you see the shading of yellow and orange is where there's currently moderate rains coming down. sliding over some of the same air. bl bluemont, leesburg, up to howard county, that's where most of our heavy rain is right now. look at what's off to the west. more heavy rain, not too far from that pocket in southwest
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virginia, there is a severe thunderstorm watch that's gone up, just south of stanton. all right they're looking at this cluster of thunderstorms. all part of that same system that delivered that violent weather, down article adaresville. so that's where the bulk of the severe weather has been down to the south, just on the fringes. look at our wind speeds. they're sustained, 20-mile-per-hour sustained winds speeds with gusts up to 33. manassas close to 30, and gaithersburg right now, up to 38-mile-an-hour wind gusts in frederick, maryland. we are under a wind advisory, and that takes us into 6:00 a.m. tomorrow. we'll continue to see this is high winds, and maybe deliver a few isolated power outages. of course, temperature is a big story.
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now your temperature. 73, but already cool down with the storms to the north. look at leesburg, 57 degrees in gaithersburg. cooling? you bet. that's really the store for tomorrow. 7:00, 8:00, 9:00 p.m., will go from 67 to 73 by 9:00 p.m., could see isolated thunder, 62 by 10:00 p.m. the main threat with this system, of course, is the heavy rain that i think we'll see push in here later. around 10:00, around 11:00 p.m., around midnight is your heaviest rains that will be coming through right out ahead of the weather system. falling temperatures, calling it windy, cool, cool for thursday, then say hello to old man winter for friday. we have the return the not only cold air, but flurries throughout. so we go from 52 with falling temperatures tomorrow, your high on friday 37, the weekend not bad, 38 to 43, about you this
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weekend there's a 40% chance we could see a few more flurries around our area. even next week too it looks like our temperatures will be staying right around average. again, the big story tomorrow, the falling temperatures, with winds gusting to 35 miles per hour by the asp tomorrow. jim and pat, our windchills will be back in the 2 what an end of the week we have coming up. >> hold on. veronica, thanks. imagine this, you're driving along the highway when the road is blocked withs of motorcycles. it was all part of a proposal that's going viral on youtube. we'll kell you why some people are not happy about that. are reality shows hurting black women in the workplace? it's the talk around today. [ male announcer ] when your business is powered by verizon,
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plus a $200 verizon visa pre-paid card and an additional line included. verizon. ripken jr. will be the speaker at the commencement this year. as you know, he had the most consecutive games played in 1998. ripken says while he never attended college, as a maryland native, he's excited, adding he has great respect for higher education. that's the base of nbc's
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news drama "do no harm." jason cole is a neurosurgeon, but every night at 8:25, his alter ego ian price shows up and causes trouble, kind of a modern-day jekyll and hyde story. we caught up with the man and asked what it's like to play two characters. >> that's the trick. you would think the obvious thing is the obvious thing would be rooting for jason as they war with each other, but other secret plan is the audience finds themselves rooting for ian. he makes at the decisions with a wicked sense of humor. >> "do no harm" premiere tomorrow night at 10:00. a little blue diet pill? the exciting surprising new research. and veronica is tracking the strong storms that are rolling in. we'll be right back.
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welcome back, everybody. at 4:30, i'm jim handly. >> i'm pat lawson muse. here's the picture where the rain is beginning to fall and so is the mercury. veronica, are we talking about all night with this storm? >> pretty much all night. we have until about 11:00 p.m. or midnight. i'm looking at some reports here on twitter. it looks like we've got some downpours already out there, and
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getting reports of gusty winds. the wind really picking up in king gorge, virginia. you can see in the distance the far distance looking to the north and west where we're getting the heavy rain. it's showing up on radar. just zoom in a little bit, and moderate, a few pockets of heavy rain, headed towards west lawyer into the leesburg, virginia area, even further west. all kind of sleighting, and then down to our south and west, a cluster of storms around roanoke where they issued the severe thunderstorm watch. i think we'll be under a wach later this evening. keep in mind we already have the wind advisory up for the overnight period into tomorrow morning, with the possibility of winds gusting. your temperatures out there right nour, 60 rockville, 70 in
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d.c., cooling way down in gaithersburg where the rain has been. that's the story with them going away and going away in a hurtie. 20s returning for windchills. more will be coming up. you can stay ahead of the storms expected to hit the region by downloading our free storm team 4 weather app.. find it in the app. store or google play by searching "nbc washington weather." more on dramatic testimony at today's senate hearing. former congresswoman gabrielle giffords brought home the impact of the gun debate with a powerful statement today. here it is now in full. thank you for inviting me here today. this is an important conversation for our children, for our communities, for
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democrats and republicans. speaking is difficult, but i need to say something important. violence is a big problem. too many children are dying. too many children. we must do something. it will be hard, but the time is now. you must act. be bold, be courageous, americans are counting on you. thank you. danielle leigh joins us with
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lee action. we understand that her husband, retired astronaut mark kelly, also testified today, that they are gun owners themselves, and have no intention of giving up their guns. what would they like congress to do? >> jim, good afternoon. senators warmly greated giffords, for many this was the first time they were able to talk to her. people watching the hearing commented on how improved she looks, as she continues to recover. mark kelly, her husband, adamantly argueded for universal background checks. he believes if background checks had been stronger, the man who shot his wife probably never would have gotten a gun. jim? >> danielle leigh, thanks so much. they argue, they have fist fights, they don't always get along. they gossip about each other behind their backs, from basketball wives to the real housewives of atlanta, are reality tv shows trashing the image of african-american women
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this it's the talk around town this week. whur's molette green is here. welcome back. your listeners have pretty strong opinions. >> yes, teens to college-age young women, the listeners are concerned, because they're getting the emergency that behaving this way, behaving batly, get along or not getting along with one another is op. >> meme leaks, as we know, appeared on housewives, and on "the apprentice" a while back i asked her about the issue. let's listen to what she said. are you concerned at all about the stereotype of the angry black woman that you portray very well on these shows? >> no, people say why is it just a black woman? y is it not just man? i'm sure whave angry white women and angry korean women.
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they always say the angry black woman. no, i'm not worried about it at all. i think people who really know me, they know who i am, and it's not affecting any of us. it certainly is not affecting me. everybody has an opinion. if i was quiet, everybody would have something to say. i think that people have an opinion of you no matter what. as long as i'm okay with who i am, that's all that matters. my husband, my children are okay, so i'm okayivities what do you think about that? does she have a point? >> certainly there are other women from other groups acting bad on television, but nene leaks is the highest paid on the housewives franchise, and she has been reward fold her bad behavior. in fact, black women do complain about this stereotype of being the angry black women in their corporate offices all the time. whether it's true or not, this is an image that black women fight. >> aren't there also serious concerns about how young women
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as a result of the images that we see daily on television? >> absolutely. this is one of those things that black women say they have to fight, no matter what their degree is. and black women, 64 cents to that dollar. we had a chance to air an interview we did on our program with another realie tv star, who is the sister of keyshia cole, she actually got a spin-off show as a result of her bad behavior. she walked away from the show, and reflected on her behavior. she said i didn't like what i was sign on television. she and her five children suffered as a result of her walking away financially, they
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ended up living in a motel. five children in a motel with their mom. a different decision. the fact of the mardy is realtyie television does hurt women. we're skews the lines. a lot of young women entering the workforce may not understand, look, you have to guard your imago, because many people in the workforce don't understand that that is not who we reallier. >> molette green, thank you for your insights. >> thanks action pat. when call it black better re ace last chance for survival. we'll let you see the new phones desired to compete against the iphone. and the surprise that happened during the big debut today. hundreds of motorcycles stop right in the middle of a free waist so that one biker can pop the question. did
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. lindsay lohan spending time. lohan has a pretrial hearing on charges of reckless driving, lying to authorities. the charges stem from a crash last summer along the pacific coast highway. lohan entered not guilty pleas on the charges. she'll be back in court in march, but with a new judge. the one that's handling the case for the past few years is now retiring. in news 4 your health vie
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of the market. >> we proudly present the blackberry -- >> they got a major makeover. >> they have to some degree bet the ranch on this particular product. >> reporter: so much so that it literally changed its name to match. >> from this point forward r.i.m. becomes blackberry. >> reporter: they hope to rebuild market share. >> they need to go out for someone younger. if it's ever a brand that lost its cool, it's blackberry. >> the z10 will offer a touchscreen keyboard while the q-10 remains the physical keyboard. >> we have angry birds committed to blackberry 10. >> a bigger cat loss is part of the revamp, along with faster processors and better cameras. they also introduced singer
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alisha keys as the new global creative director. she touted the new phone's ability to seamlessly maneuver between personal and professional platforms. >> i want to further enhance this concept of having your work life and personal life all together. >> consumers will start getting that option in late march. the real quick is how many will switch back to blackberry. >> reporter: the company's fate could rise or fall, depending on the answer. mark barringer, nbc news. hey, the prices will vary, depending on which carrier you choose. verizon tells us it would sell the z-10 for $200, with a two-year contract. >> take a look at the live picture. these are from olney. veronica tells us the whole region will have wet roads. >> for sure some ponding on some area roads, so we could see a bit of flooding around the area,
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too they have gotten just over a quarter of an inch of rain. they are loaded up. so let's head to the weather wall. 0.54 of an inch of rain heart virginia. that whole pocket to the north and west is where most of the rain has been today. right up here, so as we phase into our radar right now, we have this one area that we've been watching around loudoun county, montgomery and hout court. that's where most of the moderate rain has sitting, sleighting on through, in areas of northern fauquier, not making much progress down to the south and east, but kind of sliding more in an easterly fashion. the whole front will be sliding east. i'm watching this cluster of storms, down around roanoke, just south, that will be coming
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up into our area later. again like lie we'll be under a severe thunderstorm watch. they certainly are down to the south. flooding again a possibility throughout our area, as we could see rainfall rates of half an inch to an inch per hour. at times when this front gets right on top of us, 9:00, 10:00, 11:00, the rain will really be coming down winds, too, look at this, they're already gusting up to 33 miles an hour in manassas. we'll have high winds throughout the day tomorrow, but the strongest winds will come also when that front is right on top of us. we could see gusts to 50, maybe even 60 miles an hour wind currently out of the south, so it's bringing up that humidity, the high humidity, the moisture from the gulf of mexico, as well as the mild temperatures. we saw them today, a lot of
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locations get on the other side of 70 degrees again. dulles with a new high temperature today. our temperatures dropping off tonight and tomorrow morning from 50 drooegree. the high will be in the early part of the day, 45 degrees by 9:00 a.m. the rain should be shutting off just on the other side of midnight. the weekend, maybe a few flurries coming through the area on sunday, but old man wind difficultly returns on friday. jim? pat? olympic gold medalist, gabby douglas is giving a few of her personal items to the smith sonia. you can see them on display starting friday. the jim nasty is dough neating the wrist tape and uneven bar -- and turning over some of her credentials. she became the first
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african-american woman to win gold in the individual all-around competition during the games. a former member of destiny's child, the group that launched beyonce's career is performing on stage here in the district. >> our seth lemon sat down with michelle williams to talk about her new role and yes, the rumors about a possible reunion. seth? >> it's possible. they kicked off the national tour last night at the shakespeare theater. it's the story of a musician who used music to spell out. michelle williams says the story is helping her speak up in her own life, too. she's best known for singing and dancing as part of the trio destiny's child. since the group decided to focus on their solo careers, michelle williams has built a brand of her own. what difference michelle williams from destiny's child that we know from michelle williams today? >> basically the same girl, the same woman. okay. she's grown.
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she has grown up. >> reporter: and her impressive resume is growing. not only is she hard at work on hurl fourth solo album. she's heading the national tour for the tony award winning musical feila. >> i love the fact that i can be bossy, and i believe i'm bossy in real life. my family calls me sergeant. you do have to make it your own in a way, but i am staying true to the integrity of what she's about. >> reporter: williams had to be honest with herself admitting she's overium years of moderate depression. >> i work out, i think positive things action and my surroundings are so important, who you keep around you. >> reporter: williams says she lives feeding off the audience when she's on stage. >> man, i'm so mad i'm not in some of these numbers like "yellow fever" i'm a kanye west,
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li'l mama, and just want to come on the stage start dancing. >> she hopes everyone who sees the music all walks away with one simple message. >> live life, right? and with love. destiny ace child released their first new track in ten years yesterday, but williams is staying mum about rumors of a destiny's child reunion. they were reportedly reuniting at the super bowl halftime performance. jim and pat, that's not for sure yet, but williams does have a few days off this weekend. maybe that leaves time for a quick trip to new orleans. >> in four days we'll all know. certainly has us guessing, seth. >> indeed. a proposal that literally stopped traffic. we're going to tell you about the fallout after hundreds of motorcycles brought a highway to a standstill so one biker could pop the question. governor martin o'malley
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a california man is in hot water with police after shutting down a local highway to propose to his girlfriend. nbc's angie crouch has move on the incident.
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>> reporter: this is it is heart of a criminal investigation launched by the california highway patrol. more than 300 bikers shut down the eastbound ape in west covina so a man would propose to her girlfriend. it was pink smoke, and friends popping wheel aye nearby. katie lacey said the commotion was so loud, she had to stop taking orders. >> it was very loud, it was very -- there was a lot of smoke in the air. >> reporter: chp is trying to identify the bikers, saying what they did, and charges could range from misdemeanors to felonies. >> it's a public safety issue as well. aside from reckless driving. stopping when it's a nonemergency, just a few violationses that this were committing at the time. >> the chp said the freeway was
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cleared by the time the officers arrived. while the law was broken and hundreds of drivers were inconvenienced, some people find the grand gesture quite romantic. >> when somebody proposes, to them it's a big deal, and i don't know if people were irritated on the freeway, but i'm a hopeless well, the happy couple did an interview with a california tv station on monday. they say authorities have been contacted them yet. right now at 5:00, storm team 4 coverage, severe weather hammers the south, heavy rain and strong winds. >> this is a live look at conditions on 270 in clarks burg. the rain is here, and we still have hours to go, fasten your seat builts. it will be a bumpy ride. i'm wendy rieger. >> and i'm jim handly.
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we have live team coverage. we begin with doug, who's watching a line of the severe storms rolling up from the south now. right now, an area of moderate to heavy rain, all seeing moderate to heavy rain throughout the evening. also through bluemont, in through clark county, back through fred riggs county, and also reports of flooding. it's not moving a whole lot, either. you see what's happening and notice this line beginning to form.


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